A Transmission Means We ‘Get It’ …
…it is experienced, and realised

Telling someone something does not mean they get it, experience it or realise it. They may agree or disagree, or even be indifferent, but getting it means a real change happens. A silent shock.

If someone says something, that something has to clarify what is already present but has gone unnoticed – it’s the “Aha!” moment: “So that’s the secret!” “I always knew that!”… “But why didn’t I get this before?”

Once we understand why we didn’t get it before, empathy arises, and now, confidence and empathy can work together. Empathy comes before compassion; we no longer merely repeat words.

Once we get the transmission, we can pass it on. We become a conduit. That’s all. If we claim the realisation for ourself – “How great am I?!” – then we create a blockage in the conduit. In the moment now, we are just an open channel of spontaneous presence.

(I am 71 years old. About 15 years ago, when I received the pointing-out instruction on the nature of mind (which is pure awareness), two feelings came to me – “Is that all?” … and … “I knew this when I was 4 years old.” My life’s problem has been, “How is this expressed? How does one find the right words in the right moment?” Just give up, and it just comes! Aha!)

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Realise Reality – Realise The Dream

Realise Reality – Realise The Dream
Realise The Dream – Realise Reality

This is the meaning of the two truths – relative truth and ultimate truth. One reflects the other. All traditions have their own way of expressing the esoteric (ultimate truth known only a few) and the exoteric (relative truth known to all).

In Tibetan Buddhism, there are two methods to the same reality – Mahamudra (the great seal) and Dzogchen (the great Perfection). We can either start with the dream, or start with the reality. We are talking here about the method and the fruition.

The Mahamudra path is to practise and practise until pure consciousness is realised. The Dzogchen approach is to have pure consciousness pointed out from the start, and then use the practices when we forget.

All paths lead to the same point. It all depends on what comes our way and what is suitable for us.

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Pavlov’s Dogs*
Conditioned Reflex, Psychic Secretions,
Dopamine, Addiction, Virtual Reality
= Mind Hack!

Exploitation of the vulnerable is demonic activity: it uses spiritual teachings to profit from human frailty, utilising the three poisons of hope, fear and indifference that govern all our actions.

It’s not enough that we should like something: demonic activity wants us to be addicted to it, continually grabbing our attention so that we have no time to rest and experience reality, rather than virtual reality. Our lives are spent in anticipation. We give the ‘thumbs up’ to bullshit, while hoping that others will, in turn, give us the thumbs up. This is how we learn to conform.

Who are these demons?
Anyone or anything that fills our precious life with distractions, thus obscuring reality.

What is this reality?
It is the clarity of pure awareness which, unfortunately, is covered up by hopes, fear and indifference.

We are controlled by our desire to be liked, and so we learn to conform and to fear – and adherents to religion and spirituality are no exception. The words and rituals are a virtual reality, while personal experience is the realisation of actual reality, which is consciousness itself. We are consciousness.

And here is our dilemma: we may hear the words ‘awareness’ or ‘consciousness’ so much that they may start to have sentimental connotations – and sentimentality makes us over-salivate! Even the word ‘compassion’, which is merely a word, can remove us from actual compassion in actual practice.

*Pavlov’s dogs created anticipatory salivation; “psychic secretions”. Pavlov presented a stimulus (e.g. the sound of a metronome) and then gave the dogs food; after a few repetitions, the dogs started to salivate in response to the sound of a metronome.

We are all subject to this phenomenon of wanting the ‘thumbs up’, to be liked. In order to be liked, we merely have to play others’ games, and use the right spells. Do we not ‘dress up’ so that others may like us?

Merely being shown the prospect of an upgrade, we salivate. The devil knows its job, and the devil is our own ego.

Our salvation is being aware, to escape this continual process of damnation. As we move through the levels ascending to enlightenment, each level is a liberation from the limitations of the previous level. One person’s meat is another’s poison, and that person’s poison is another’s wisdom.

We have to know when we are being hacked.

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God is Life, and Life is Consciousness
So what’s the problem?

God is life, life is consciousness, and we are consciousness. We, as humans, are rational beings able to reason for ourselves. To the ordinary ear, to hear that we are ‘transmigrators’ may sound far fetched, but to a reasonable person, on hearing that scientists are trying to download consciousness into a machine (with the possibility of uploading consciousness or data into a human), then why can’t consciousness itself be able to transmigrate?

So, it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that we are transmigrators. If science is “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world” – then aren’t we all scientists? If we look, then we know. The only difference between science and spirituality is that, in spirituality, there is a recognition of the consciousness that is aware of the science.

Nature is created by causes and conditions – attraction and repulsion – creating conditions for consciousness to enter a particular body or form. That is the nature of the universe.

At some point, when the Earth – which is inert matter, gases and chemicals – was formed, the first life appeared, and that was bacteria.

(Bacteria are single-cell organisms that are neither plant nor animal: they can be found in soil, water, plants, animals, radioactive waste, deep in the earth’s crust, arctic ice and glaciers, and hot springs. There are bacteria in the stratosphere and the atmosphere between 6 and 30 miles up, and in the ocean depths, down to 32,800 feet.)

Bacteria is the basis of complex life. All life forms are sentient, and therefore conscious.

Consciousness enters a form when conditions are right.

There is an incalculable number of ‘beings’ alive on this planet that have a form. Just consider how many beings there are without form, hanging around waiting to reincarnate! This is just in the vicinity of the planet Earth. Now consider the infinite universe, full of sentient being looking for a ‘home’ … it’s mind boggling, isn’t it?

In the Bardo teachings, it is said that beings can go anywhere and see anything through the power of desire, karma, and deliberate compassion. This is truly, truly mind boggling 😀

All beings have the same consciousness, the same essential nature of emptiness, free from contaminating concepts, but we are ignorant of this essential nature and so are constantly being blown here and there. Life finds a way to manifest, and life can realise its true nature – you can call it what you want.

We are bound to clash because we are ‘bound’ by fixated ideas and so, at some point, we will disagree. This is obvious and understandable, as we are all at different stages of evolution. Don’t some animals have more compassion than humans? Aren’t some humans more aggressive than animals? At least animals kill for food, and not because they don’t like someone!

When, through realisation of our essential nature, we are no longer bound by conditional ideas, then life becomes love. There is only one, true love, and that has to be unconditional.

We do not have to be experts, or wait for experts to tell us how we are. We already know everything! Our bodies are made up of the universe, and our minds have the nature of universal consciousness: there is nothing other than consciousness anywhere, so the universe is within you!


From bacteria to enlightenment.
Good, eh?

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Buddhism Can Only Be Destroyed From Within

This is something that has been stated many times. It seems to have two opposing meanings but really, on analysis, it’s clear that there is only one. The first (naive) meaning is to suggest that Buddhism could be destroyed by cherry picking and watering down the teachings to make them more appealing, or by corrupting their meaning.

However, the Buddha’s words are truth itself if they are realised through experience, and truth can never be destroyed. So what is the second meaning of “Buddhism Can Only Be Destroyed From Within”?

The essence of Buddhism is emptiness. It’s not ‘Buddhism’. Our feeling and thoughts about ‘Buddhism’ are not the reality of Buddhism. If you see Buddhism upon the road, kill it!

Buddhism is beyond “-isms” and reference points, and therefore, the idea of Buddhism has to be destroyed from within, through realisation.

(The lamas who told me that Buddhism can only be destroyed from within made me feel that I was The Destroyer … perhaps they were right 😀 😀 😀 !)

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Disproving God To Find God
Believing Is Not Seeing.

The great deception is the great disappointment, and can be the greatest joy. Once we see, we no longer have to rely on belief.

Enlightenment is seeing, and not believing.

Seeing is realising pure, uncontaminated consciousness. There is nothing highfalutin about this; we don’t need special clothing or a holy attitude. It is present right now, just in seeing these words innocently.

Not believing is seeing all appearances as illusory occurrences in the mind, without fixating on them, which causes suffering.

The Buddha did say, “Don’t take my word for it; test it for yourself.” He wanted to ensure that we are not deceived by merely believing in his words.

Can we find God in the same way?

God is not a belief about someone ‘up there’. God is the seeing itself, which is pure, uncontaminated consciousness. Any occurrences in the mind about God are merely illusory appearances that limit this realisation, and upon which we fixate. Unfortunately, we become aggressive – and can even kill – to protect that which we are led to believe. That is the great, deceptive excuse.

We have been led to believe by omissions. As long as we are led to believe, we have to rely on a guru or some religious teacher, and we will remain ignorant. Relying on the teacher is lazy and causes us to be subordinate – inferior in rank – when, in truth, we are Buddha consciousness, God consciousness, now.

Spirituality is not worshipping: that is religion. Religion controls most of this planet’s population, even the non-believers who are caused to react against the believers. The devil divides and conquers – and the devil is our own ego, clinging to likes and dislikes.

Religion is full of blazing splendour, and so requires a constant source of money. Acquiring money needs people … a lot of people.

When recognised,
the great deception is the great disappointment.
There is no longer anything to hold on to.

When acknowledged,
this brings about the greatest joy.

We are what we seek.

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I Don’t Like My Self”

Or we might mean,
“I don’t like my life.”

If we are confused about who or what we are, this will cause us suffering in life. Our problem lies in not noticing that we have two protagonists – two leading characters – or rather, seemingly two!

‘I’ and my ‘self’.

In this context, we are saying that the ‘I’ is the observer, none other than consciousness; the spirit within this body and mind.

It is only when consciousness becomes aware of its emptiness that it realises pure consciousness, which is our essence (it’s easy to be confused about this point as it’s a matter of semantics).

If we do not acknowledge pure consciousness, then we are stuck with an identity of an accumulated self. The word ‘accumulate’ means ‘heap’ as does the Sanskrit word ‘skandha’. The five skandha are: form/rupa (matter or body), sensations/vedana (feelings, received from form), perceptions/samjna, mental activity or formations/sankhara, and consciousness/vijnana (ordinary consciousness – the word ‘consciousness’ has 2 meanings: faculty of mind and pure consciousness, which is our essence).

These are the aggregates that make up the feeling of ‘me’. Take any one away, and ‘me’ falls apart.

So, back to “I don’t like my ‘heap’!” 😀

When, through meditation and analytical practice, we (consciousness) acknowledge that we are not this mind and body, and that these are merely the product of accumulated ideas, we may feel, “I don’t particularly like this self,” because we have become aware of its limitations.

It’s an uncomfortable feeling – but it is also the path to enlightenment, because we realise that ideas about these limitations are causing us suffering.

Even though we may not have the body of an athlete, the heart of a saint, the mind of scientist, the skill of an artist, we have all we need right now, to become enlightened. And anyway, having all those talents might prove to be a distraction!

We may not like our selves or our life – and may even find it ugly – but what is totally beautiful is the profundity of consciousness itself. It has a great heart. The heap of self does not truly exist as it’s an accumulation, a gathering of parts. What truly is, is pure consciousness. We cannot not like that, as it sees all that there is to see.

Enlightenment is just seeing and not believing.

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You’re Nothing Special!

Everyone has Buddha nature.
What is special is recognising this,
as most do not.

Buddha nature just means being awake to the reality of consciousness,
no longer believing in and identifying with appearances in the mind.
We don’t have to come over all religious about it.
😀 😀 😀

Just laugh at your self.
We cannot be what is seen.

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Are You Looking For The Ultimate Teaching?

Or rather, are you still looking for the ultimate teaching?
The secret teaching with the deepest insight?
Something really complicated that only a few can understand?
The one truth?

The ultimate truth is not in the looking, but in the essence of seeing
– which is our very own consciousness.

It’s where all the good qualities come from.
And, it’s free … in both senses!

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Why Should I Meditate?
To feel better

If we are wanting to feel better about ourselves, we recognise that things aren’t quite right, now. This could mean that our battery has run down, our precious energy is being wasted, or we are seeing cracks in so-called reality. We don’t meditate so that we can keep running at full speed: it’s about slowing down and simplifying, and realising what is and isn’t necessary in our life. We need to take back control, stepping out of running with the crowd in order to be what we really are, which is consciousness itself, rather than the wound-up, stressed-out, super-reactive being we have become.

We want to understand, experience and realise what this precious life is really all about. When and why did we start merely following in the footsteps of others? Life has its ups and downs, and we may decide that this isn’t totally satisfying. The life we are leading can make us anxious and distressed; we feel pain, trauma, sadness, heartache and grief, along with fear of old age and dread of impending death. We get by in life, however, because others don’t seem that bothered, but in fact, we are all suffering to some degree. We live on hopes and fears, and so we go round in circles, looking for happiness which relies on conditions. We are creatures of habit and become easily addicted to things that we are led to believe will make us happy – but that happiness doesn’t last because it is conditional.

Not to worry – all things must pass! And they come back again … 😀 … which points to our path to enlightenment, for without the acknowledgement of suffering of some sort, we wouldn’t be looking for an answer. The question comes before the answer! No question, no answer.

Meditation is seeing.

We use the method of mindfulness meditation to arrive at non-meditation – pure awareness – where we drop the method of mindfulness as we have arrived. That is the most important point; we stop doing anything.

Realisation is pure seeing, which is pure, conscious awareness without distraction. In pure consciousness, there is neither meditation nor meditator, but just seeing. Bare consciousness in the moment now. Relating to meditation and a meditator takes time away from nowness: this relating is an apparent problem because we then form ideas and thoughts, and so, emotions.

This is not a bad thing at all, however – in fact, it’s wonderful! It’s wisdom. There are two truths – absolute and relative. The absolute truth is the seeing, and the relative truth is the reflection with which the distracted absolute relates, thus forgetting its own nature.

Meditation is just seeing all that goes on, without comment. That is freedom. That is liberation. When this is continuous, that is enlightenment.

The manifestation of enlightened activity is love. How? When we realise our true nature of consciousness, which is liberation in relaxed confidence, we also realise that others are still caught in variations of suffering. Sadness arises, but it’s a joyous sadness, which is empathy and compassion.

All thoughts and emotions are an illusion, a play in the mind that comes and goes, while all the time, seeing (consciousness) is present; consciousness that never changes is spontaneously present. This can happen in a moment!

Meditation is the most natural experience in the entire, infinite universe. Meditation is uncovering what is already present … love, and understanding that all things must pass away …


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The Pressure To Conform
Social Compliance

This video explains the pressure we are under to conform in a society. These pressures are all around us, in every walk of life.

Derren Brown, the illusionist, demonstrates how we can be convinced to commit murder. Is this just entertainment, or could it actually happen? There were four participants, and three are persuaded to push a man off a roof. It’s very disturbing.

This is just a trailer, but the whole process can be watched on Netflix.

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Knowingness In Not Knowing
We don’t have to tie ourselves in knots

If we take a quick look at Buddhism in the west, it can appear complex, intellectual, white and middle class. There are rituals, regalia, terminologies and attitudes, like all the other religions. It may seem that they just talk about suffering, and the antidote may appear idealistic, aiming unrealistically for perfection.

If you see it like that, it may be that you have come in the middle of a game of Chinese Whispers (also called the Broken Telephone Game) – broken communication! It actually depends on who is telling us something, and who is listening.

I’ve spoken to many Dharma students: they’re pretty uptight creatures, and don’t portray much of the compassionate essence of the Dharma, but just aloofness to outdo one another.

I have been a Buddhist for over thirty years, and often say to myself, “Can they get to the point?” Since the time of the Buddha, much reviewing, introspection, analysis and translation has gone on, adding more and more text. I’ve got books and notes up to here (holding hand above head!): there’s a constant feeling of not knowing enough because there are always additional teachings, which turn out to be more of the same every time, with the assumption that we forget easily. This gets expensive. If people are treated like four year olds, they will to tend to act like four year olds.

I just had to stop searching and start seeing for myself. Having stayed away from it all for the past six years, assimilating and reviewing for myself by asking, “What do I actually know?”, I am aware of not knowing. Oh my goodness, that’s it!!!

There is a natural awareness that is ever present, beyond all those scholarly words and religious attitudes. It doesn’t matter what I know or don’t know: there is always awareness which is consciousness itself … ever present … spontaneously present … and that’s it! Resting in the realisation of consciousness, we find nothing else. No Buddha, no me, no meditation. Nothing to refer to, but just awareness of knowing nothing in particular. That is the emptiness they keep talking and talking about. That is the completion stage.

Whatever we are discussing – whether it’s the sutras, the tantras and the yanas, or whether this or that happened and what people say about it, everything comes down to knowingness in not knowing anything.


We can chat about it all later when we come out of pure awareness …

There is a story about Marpa and a fellow student who travelled from Tibet to India to gather texts. On their way back, while crossing a lake in the boat, the fellow student became jealous of Marpa and threw all the texts overboard. After experiencing the devastation of this loss, Marpa realised that the only teachings that were of any value to him were the ones that he had personally assimilated.

Knowingness is what we naturally are.

We are already Buddha nature, which means awakened nature.

Our problem may be that we find it difficult to get our head around another’s culture which can, from our own perspective, obscure the natural realisation of consciousness – and that is how we become unbalanced, in the idea of ‘not knowing’. “Buddhism” can get in the way of just being 😀

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Is There Someone To Watch Over Me?

This is down to our personal opinion, or school of thought. Are we being watched by a God? Gods? Those who have gone before? Aliens? We can’t limit our appraisal, can we? 🙂

As a Dzogchen student – pure awareness or pure consciousness of spontaneous presence – is the key to realisation, but my introduction to Tibetan Buddhism was Varjrayana – deity practice. I still do deity practice; it’s called hedging one’s bets! 😀

We supplicate deities (I have thirteen) for which we have received empowerments. These deities symbolise certain attributes that reflect part of our nature, and we pray for blessings. Is this real? Is it psychological? Again, this is up to each individual.

The important thing here is the effect that this has, and whether it goes beyond just a belief. There has to be some degree of belief involved but, to sustain us, we need evidence. We create a ‘merit field’ through our altruistic actions, but really it all comes down to having a good heart in the face of adversity and confusion. Like attracts like. Smile and there is a response. We all receive blessings of some sort that inspire us.

We ‘dumb’ creatures can watch over others, and we don’t have to know any Dharma. The real Dharma is a good heart. This video is touching (maybe turn down the music), and the good heart is obvious.

Are we all potential conduits, when open at the right time?


Of course, the inverse is also available to us;
we can attract dark blessings if it’s true that like attracts like.

Compassionate consciousness is the nature of all sentient beings,
but some of us find it a struggle to express this.

The evidence is that, when seeing a good heart in action,
we know and we recognise,
and the tears well up.

Seeing is the blessing.

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Is God Hidden In Belief?

If we question our beliefs
– the psychological arisings in the mind –
we may realise the reality of freedom itself.

The battlefield of the imagination has no reality.

The age-old subject of evaluating what life is actually about is the birthright of every person, rather than just following the crowd. We do not have to be told what life is about; we can actually see it for ourselves, with a little help from good company.

What is ultimate reality? What created both phenomena and sentient beings? Was it natural evolution? An act of God? Or, have matter and conscious beings always existed within infinite space? Do these constantly change due to circumstances?

Are humans beings the end product, or is there further to go? What is consciousness that is beyond thoughts and matter? You can see these are a huge questions, and each its advocates.

Could it be that the desirous consciousness was attracted certain forms, driven by karma – the results of previous activities? This is the Buddhist view: whatever is known is by virtue of consciousness in the moment now, where even consciousness does not exist.

We are free to believe whatever we want, but we can also look at the evidence for ourselves.

Humans are great creators. We bend nature and we encourage nature, because we have desire. All creatures are creators, building homes, finding food and procreating. Humans are just more indulgent!

We can see that everything is created by causes and conditions, mainly based on desire or attraction. Unconscious consciousness desires, and so creates and manifests – and suffers the consequences. Unconscious consciousness is consciousness that is unaware of its own reality, and so clings to beliefs.

Whatever conclusion we are attracted to, this could only come about due to consciousness. It is pure consciousness that sees clearly and realises that everything is known by virtue of consciousness. That is the one truth. That is the evidence.

What is the reality of God?

Is it possible that reality is disguised within our imagination? Is belief a design by others? How could that happen? If we do not realise the core of our own reality – which is uncontaminated consciousness – but rather, adhere to a belief (a design), then how can we know anything else, let alone what God is?

God cannot be what we think, as that is far too limited. God has to be beyond ordinary, human thought, so it is not unreasonable to suggest that God is beyond ordinary human understanding, so God must therefore be spiritual understanding. ‘Spiritual understanding’ is uncontaminated consciousness itself, is it not? The emptiness of emptiness. What could be more profound than that?

Belief is just rumour. The quotation comes to mind, “And the truth shall set you free.” It’s not easy to get our head around the conundrum that God is hidden in our belief.

When I was young, I believed in God, and it was sort of comforting. Then, as I went through the process of moving from one tradition to another, the word ‘God’ changed to ‘almighty’, ‘absolute’, ‘supreme’, ‘ultimate’, ’emptiness’, but now I see God as spontaneous presence of pure consciousness – my own essential nature, although I have every sympathy with a belief in God. I am it whom I seek (with a few distraction of course! 😀 )

This is the divinity in all sentient beings. That is the big secret, and not what the rumours suggest – that the secret is outside our essential nature. All that does is make us vulnerable, defensive and argumentative, and separates us from one another. What is the point of that? Love – not hatred of others – is our true nature, although others may be challenging at times!

The point of realising the potential of our true nature means being free of deceit and projections. In realisation, there is no belief, but instead, a direct knowingness.

Perhaps there are those who do not want humanity to be so free. It only needs a small percentage of humanity to believe in something in order to control the rest, who are too busy arguing against the few to see that they they are being played. Are there social experiments going on all over the world, testing how far people can be squeezed? Some very strange things are going on, aren’t they?

Has belief always been a tool to confound people?

We all know that there are those who want to rule and maintain that rule, generation after generation. To maintain this control, people cannot be allowed to know that they are already free, and so, beliefs and imagery were created to deceive. It’s extremely subtle. We can easily see how societies are being manipulated day after day through allegations and a twisting of the truth.

We need our assumptions and beliefs to be provoked in order to review whatever controls our life. We should question what we believe, and why we believe it. As long as we stay in a belief, we may not experience the actual reality of the nature of pure consciousness. After all, isn’t it that pure consciousness the very thing that is conscious of our beliefs? Consciousness is our primary source.

What if belief is a deception device – an antidote to knowing? Deception is the art of war and has been used for thousands of years to gain victory. Knowledge is neutral: it all depends on who is using this knowledge and why; gunppowder can create beautiful fireworks, or it can kill people.

The Art Of War is the art of deception, attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu 545 – 470 BC, “If you know both yourself and your enemy, you can win numerous battles without jeopardy. All warfare is based on deception.” “When using our forces, we must appear inactive. When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away.”

Sun Tzu lived at the same time as the Buddha.

All wars are spiritual wars, as they are wars on humanity. People have to be convinced that a war is necessary, and so propaganda has to take place. Wars are between those who want power, and those who believe they have no power – the ordinary people. It is the ordinary people who will die, hence the outcomes is always a war on humanity.

The beliefs of having power and not having power are deluded. The real power is in spiritual freedom rather than in imaginary beliefs. The game of deception is between those who believe that they have the right to rule others, and those who do not know they are being ruled.

If we believe that we have no power, then we are deceiving ourselves. Our power lies not in believing but in knowing.

Remember; “The truth shall set you free”. Only the absolute truth shall set us free. As long as we believe and do not know, we are bound by ideas placed in our imagination. Where did all our thoughts come from?

What is this truth? It is seeing for ourselves. That ‘seeing’ is consciousness. The realisation of consciousness can only be done by knowing that consciousness is our primary source – in other words, God, the divine within us all. Once we know that, then we are free of deceptions and mere belief. We are it whom we seek. We always have been.

Sun Tzu said, “If you know both yourself and your enemy, you can win numerous battles without jeopardy.” This is pure Dharma teaching! If we know our true nature of pure consciousness, we will know our enemy, which is everything that obscures that pure consciousness in our own minds. Knowing wins all battles without jeopardy. The Dharma teachings shows us how to be liberated in ‘God’ consciousness, which is divine, godlike consciousness.

It is a battle between believers and non-believers. Believers want non-believers to believe, which is crazy, and creates wars … “You have to imagine what I imagine!” History shows us how religion can be turned into evil, and used against others.

Can you see how difficult it is to be free from this
Absolute truth is outside the box.
Whatever you name you want to give it,
it cannot be called anything without consciousness!

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Curly And The Buddha

“Do you know what the secret of life is?”
No – what?”
Your finger?”
“One thing. Just one thing.
You stick to that
and everything else just don’t mean shiiit.”
That’s great – but what’s the one thing?”
“That’s what you gotta figure out…”


It’s simply a question of elimination.

Recognise that one thing.
Gain confidence in that one thing.
Rest in that one thing.

This is essential at so-called death,
because this guides our life.

Speaking personally, my ‘one thing’ is karma within consciousness: whatever occurs in the moment now is due to my past actions and reactions, and present reactions have to be eliminated in order to eliminate future karma. This is the process of purification. Gently does it: simply remain in consciousness while aware of reactions taking place so that space or emptiness is allowed to be present. This is my teacher, and in this way karma becomes more and more inspiring – whether good or bad. Karma then becomes a blessing. That’s how I found Curly! 😀

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Aristotle’s Dictum

“Give me a child until they are seven,
and I will show you the adult”.

In 360 BC, the Greek philosopher Aristotle was aware of how the mind is programmed. This was more than thinking, “Well, that child is like this, and will grow up more or less like that.” The question is, “How did that child get ‘like this’ to become a person ‘like that’?”

When we read scientific papers about what makes people act a certain way, this may be understood in one of two ways.
One: “How do people get ‘like this’ and how can we help them?”
Two: “How can we make people become ‘like this’?”

Never forget the two laws of the universe: attraction and repulsion – good and evil.

If society isn’t a safe place to be, with a foundation of inner and outer peace, but is, instead a place of trauma, over-stimulation and indoctrination, then society will be left with deeply confused and wounded people.

Just look at the world today: “Give me an idea from 2378 years ago, and I’ll give you a society in 2018.” 😀

This is why security and kindness in early life leads to a happy life, whereas trauma in childhood leaves a residue in adult life. It is extremely important to understand the causes of suffering because the world seems a very unsafe place at the moment, with more and more idiotic ideas indoctrinating society.

Even though we might have a splendid life, we may be still in poverty, lacking kindness and spiritual awareness of compassion for all.

The most lasting memories from childhood are, “Is the world a safe place?” “Is it a good place?” “Am I lovable?” “Am I valued?” These feelings are a child’s unconscious basis for life.

A child’s ideas are heavily formulated during their early years. Regardless of their potential departure from those ideas later in life, there will always be a remnant of those early, formative ideas lingering in the child’s brain.

By the age of seven, certain ideas and behaviours are already psychologically ingrained and well-established. Programming! We create addiction in children without knowing it (although certain companies know exactly what they are doing and how addiction starts: sweet, sugary drinks and food get the brain used to pleasure, and so we ‘want’ more of this undisciplined rush).

Repeated exposure to an addictive substance or behaviour causes nerve cells in the nucleus accumbens and the prefrontal cortex (the area of the brain involved in planning and executing tasks) to communicate in a way that couples liking something with wanting it, in turn driving us to go after it. This process motivates us to take action to seek out the source of pleasure.”

It’s not all our fault; it’s because of the shit we’ve been fed.

Once we are aware of our subconscious patterning,
it become conscious!
Being conscious that it’s not all our fault,
we become kind to ourselves.






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Looking For A Miracle?

Don’t miss the real one.
It turns ordinary beings into Buddhas
And awakens those who are dreaming.

A miracle is a welcomed consequence. A miracle needs evidence, something obvious to our eye or mind. If we become addicted to the idea of supernatural miracles, we may miss the natural evidence within us: the spontaneous presence of consciousness that realises its enlightened nature.

A miracle is something that is needed; it’s something necessary. Maybe walking on water, flying in the air, or leaving foot prints in rocks actually happened long ago. Or perhaps, stories were needed at that time to capture the imagination.

Physical skills of yoga and exercise decrease stress in the body, and so we feel relaxed and the mind clears. Perfectly relaxed meditation does the same thing.

Some need evidence; others do not.
Without evidence, there can be doubt.
With evidence, there is no doubt.

Being liberated from the collective self obsession seems is a miracle in itself.
Or are we still looking for a ‘better’ miracle?

The greatest plague infesting humanity was the idea of miracles ‘from on high’, as this keeps humanity suppressed and impoverished. The miracle that is necessary today is freedom from deceptions (and if we could walk on water or fly in the sky, the military would soon want to know about it :D!)

Better to realise one’s true nature in peace.
If we look, we shall find.

Don’t miss the real one.
It turns ordinary beings into Buddhas
And awakens those who are dreaming.

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So Near But So Far

Don’t miss the complete picture.
You do not have to keep on meditating – you know!
Just recognise being aware.

We have a choice about what we believe; that’s if we know we have a choice.

Let’s take the mantra of Avalokiteshvara/Chenrezig, the lord of compassion: OM MANI PADME HUM. We chant this mantra to remind us to engender compassionate activity, as it is said to be the path to enlightenment. How is this the path to actual enlightenment?

Tibetan Buddhism is exotic and, if not properly understood, can lead to sentimentality and wishful thinking. Wishful thinking isn’t bad per se – it is a good wish after all – but we need more than wishful thinking: we need evidence so we can trust whatever is being explained by the teaching.

The syllables OM MANI PADME HUM symbolise generosity, discipline, patience, energy, concentration and transcendent knowledge, which are known as the six perfections.

Any tradition (or sane person) would agree that generosity, discipline, patience, energy and concentration are important as they apply to being a decent, responsive human being. It is transcendent knowledge that makes the difference, as it turns the other five into ‘perfections’, beyond everyday usage.

Transcendent knowledge is wisdom beyond concepts. What’s that? Transcendent knowledge is the wisdom of understanding pure consciousness – or emptiness – that is naturally present before conceptual embellishments. The manifestation of pure consciousness is compassion for all, and therefore Chenrezig embodies compassion and emptiness.

Transcendent knowledge is natural, pure knowingness, pure awareness, pure consciousness. That is what we are. We naturally care!

If we have to remember the six perfections, then we are making effort; we are practising.

Once transcendent knowledge is realised, the other five are automatically and effortlessly present. In transcendent knowledge (pure consciousness or emptiness), there is no self to hold on to, and so the other five perfections are upgraded and automatically present.

Here is the most important point.

We pray to Chenrezig, the lord of compassion, never to forsake us. As we are already Buddha nature, we are also Chenrezig nature! We are transcendent knowledge. That is why the lord of compassion can never forsake us, as we are whom we seek. That is non-duality.

If we merely pray to Chenrezig, we remain in a duality – me and the great being in the sky. This is the same as a theistic approach. Being realistic is being impartial. We are first and foremost pure consciousness; that is the complete picture.

The mantra is also said to purify the six negative emotions and the six realms as, when resting in non-dual awareness, these negative emotions and realms are spontaneously purified.

“There is not a single aspect of the eighty-four thousand sections
of the Buddha’s teachings which is not contained in Avalokiteshvara’s
six syllable mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” (known as the “mani”)
and, as such, the qualities of the “mani”are praised again and again
in the Sutras and Tantras.

Whether happy or sad, if we take the “mani” as our refuge,
Chenrezig will never forsake us, spontaneous devotion will
arise in our minds and the Great Vehicle will be effortlessly realised.”

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Do you get the point?  🙂 The lord of compassion is pure consciousness which can never forsake us because it is what we already are. It is the psychological magic to realising reality. Always remember we are applying teachings, rather than adopting another’s culture.

Once we are open to whatever appears,
we don’t have to meditate.

Meditation is only needed when we forget.

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Spiritual Knowledge Is Useless Without Meditation

Meditation is the experience of knowledge,
and experience leads to realisation.

Meditation is sitting erect and relaxed, being aware of the thoughts taking place in the mind, not following or being driven by them. Just let them be; they come and they go.

Meditation is being aware of the awareness that is aware of those thoughts. That awareness is consciousness, and that is what we are – consciousness.

When purely at rest within consciousness, that is known as non-meditation.

The method of meditation is dualistic, as there is a reference involved: when we think, “I am meditating”, we are referring to something that is in the past, a millimoment ago, and this is dualistic.

When purely at rest within consciousness, that is non-meditation, just being. There is nothing to refer to. There is no ‘I’ involved, and this is non-dualistic.

This experience is sometimes called ’emptiness’ as it has no contaminations, and so we call it pure consciousness. Like space, it is beginningless and endless. There is nothing to gain but the realisation of ultimate truth of what we are, the inner peace that has compassion for all misunderstandings.

Once we have established our reality of pure consciousness, then consciousness is aware of all that obscures consciousness. And that reveals what and why things are happening in the world.

For protection, we meditate.
It makes everything clear.

Evil, at its deeper level, knows esoteric knowledge, but does not practise resting in emptiness as it sees nothing to gain. That is its weakness. We might think that commerce, politics and entertainment have nothing to do with spirituality, and we would be wrong in thinking that. The deeper levels of commerce, politics and entertainment are carried out by well-programmed, witless minions, manipulating and contaminating consciousness on a massive scale. But evil does not realise that consciousness cannot be contaminated, but only distracted with our consent.

Ignorance is consenting to be distracted.
When we recognise the distraction,
we are liberated.

For protection, we meditate.
It makes everything clear.

The living experience is what is,

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One Big Bang? One God? Really?

There are many theories, twists and turns.
Critical thinking is thinking outside the box.

Thinking outside the box – outside our programming – isn’t at all easy. It isn’t easy to even acknowledge that our perception of reality maybe a little askew. We need to consider other possibilities: this doesn’t mean that they are correct, but at least we’ve broken out of collected assumptions, just believing whatever we have been told … “Don’t take my word for it.” We can always go back to believing! Theories such as the Big Bang and God are more than suggestions: they divide us.

We need critical thinking, with an open quality to that thinking. Critical thinking is not ‘criticising’: it’s rational thought. It’s the ability to reason. Perfect rational thinkers engage in expanding the capacity of the mind, and going beyond the passive crowd thinkers. Most people are passive thinkers, preferring to avoid the mental stress of questioning, and so they work hard to fit in. But fit in to what?

A critical thinker can reproduce the same result in multiple situations, as in seeing the truth in what the Buddha, Jesus, Advaita or any other esoteric realisations state. But a passive thinker can only work within a specific scenario as they are locked into ‘their’ tradition (or rather, someone else’s system). Passive thinkers are only concerned with what they get out of it. Critical thinkers are only concerned with what they put in.

Critical thinkers do not make sudden judgements, and so they are less likely to come to irrational or emotional decisions or, more importantly, be manipulated by others. Critical thinkers are more likely to be empathetic to others’ views. Critical thinkers are learners, and only talk on subjects that they have actively studied for themselves. They are more creative, and rather than blindly accepting the ideas of others, they create fresh ideas because they are lateral thinkers, and ask basic questions instead of repeating acquired answers.

If one person says one thing and another says something else, so what? We don’t have to argue about it. But we do argue, which is interesting. Just bear in mind that ‘divide and conquer’ is the formula that starts wars.

One big bang. One God. Really?
Just consider. The universe is infinite. This is something most of us cannot comprehend. If the universe is infinite, then maybe there are an infinite number of Big Bangs – and an infinite number of Gods.

One Big Bang? Firstly, what is it that we are calling ‘the universe’? Space or the matter within space? Infinite space just is; there is no beginning or end. Infinite matter constantly changes. In an infinite universe, there are infinite suns and solar systems, constantly dying and reconstructing. The single Big Bang is merely a theory.

One God? Whatever is known is known because of consciousness. Consciousness comes first. How did we know about God? We were told. Consciousness is God. We are consciousness, and therefore all the infinite number of sentient beings in an infinite universe are God consciousness. Do we not bend nature to our will?

There is never any need to argue about such matters. Whatever we genuinely realise is up to us. But if we are passive thinkers, then we can be manipulated, and can find ourselves trying to manipulate others. Manipulation is not compatible with free thought.

We need to address the question of why there are strongly-held opposing views on issues such as the Big Bang theory and God. Could it be that it divides us into the camps of creationists, evolutionists and those who don’t care? This causes arguments, aggression and suffering, which is ridiculous.

There is nothing wrong with thinking.
It is fixation upon those thoughts that imprisons, limits and creates suffering.

When we realise that we are consciousness, there is nothing to discuss or argue about, and we can express in whatever manner we feel is beneficial to others.

In the moment of pure meditation, there is no universe; there is no God.
In the moment of pure meditation, there is just the reality of consciousness; that is our origin.

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The Buddha Left A Code

The word ‘code’ means secrecy,
and also instruction.

The code of the Buddha is the profound instruction, “Don’t take my word for it; see and test for yourself”.

A secret – from the Latin secretus, separate, to set apart – is something not commonly known, ie a mystery. To non-practitioners, life is a mystery. To actual practitioners, it isn’t.

When the code is put into practice, we realise the truth for ourselves: we have taken responsibility for our spiritual welfare, and the spiritual welfare of others. This instruction is profound, and also poignant as it turns generalisation, theory and beliefs into direct realisation of nowness in this very moment.

Having received a spiritual instruction, we retire – set ourselves apart – in order to realise the teaching in actuality, leaving words and actions behind. The fruition of realisation is not commonly known, and so seems to be a secret, but it’s not a secret as such; it can be clarified through personal experience. It’s only when we realise the true nature of our reality that the mystery is no longer a mystery.

Throughout the ages, spiritual teachings stay the same but are adapted, not only for each era and culture, but also for each individual. Adaptation is a matter of addressing each new list of inventions that distract and dissuade us from realising our true nature; these distractions are subtle and seductive. Nowadays, the masters of technology want us to merge with machines and science, turning us aside from what life actually is. This is one problem the Buddha didn’t have to face 😀

The Buddha knew that we would rely too much on the teacher and the teachings, rather than experiencing consciousness for ourselves. This is why he gave the advice, “Don’t take my word for it”. This seems to be a contradiction to the way the Dharma is taught: we become too reliant on books, theories, rituals and the teacher. The Buddha knew that the teachings are already within each of us, and that all we have to do is clear away the clutter … and not collect more! We are consciousness, and we know what is obscuring this consciousness, don’t we? Attachment and addiction are the cause of suffering.

We have to acknowledge that these same teachings can enslave us when we fixate upon them, sticking to them religiously: even teachings on truth can be mere chatter if not realised on a personal level. All teachings are precious, but at some time, we have to let go of theories in order to experience and realise the reality of pure consciousness.

A code is a system, a law, that is kept secret until we have a foundation based on confidence. If we do not have a firm starting point, we may make up the teaching in order to enhance our ego and sense of self importance, and then call that being ‘awake’. It happens 🙂 .

This code is poignant – pricked by sadness. In most spiritual traditions, the guru or teacher is to be regarded as supreme. Many nowadays have some quirky ways, which students try to emulate, creating a meme and believing that they have to act in a certain way. They change their natural culture and start to act strangely, rather than letting the natural light shine.

This isn’t intentional, but it happens. Organisations go around in circles for stability. This can be frustrating and depressing when naturally-occurring aspirations and inspirations have to be suppressed. For instance, during teachings, we sit in rows waiting for the teacher to tell us something that we hadn’t seen before, or perhaps crack a joke, when we can do this for ourselves. We are naturally childlike and playful and don’t have to keep playing dumb. Some teachings work for some people but not for others, so there comes a time when we have to move on … or get kicked out! It happens.

When we test the teachings for ourselves, we may see or express differently from other students – or even our teachers – because our backgrounds are different. We learn naturally, sequentially and individually according to our capacity, and to something called ‘merit’, which is a build up of excellent qualities due to aspirations, intentions and a genuine recognition of the cause of suffering.

Of course, we are grateful to those who teach, and nothing will make them happier than to know that a transmission has actually taken place. To know that we are confident and joyful, and that life has become genuinely fruitful. For that, we have to let go and freefall in the spontaneous presence of whatever is presented by karma.

We don’t have to ask.
When the time is right,
we know it’s right.

We may seem unconventional
– and even be rejected –
but when it’s right, it’s a relief!


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Today Is The Tibetan New Year 16th February

Happy new year!
If we have forgotten to make a new year’s resolution to tame the mind
we can have another chance today. Tashi Delek!

May this year be an especially auspicious year filled with inner confidence
to chase away all those inner demons.





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Can A Soul Be Captured?

Soul: the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.

Buddhism does not accept the word ‘soul’ because of the second interpretation: a person’s moral or emotional nature or sense of identity.

Confusing, isn’t it? Two opposite meanings. One interpretation is a continuity, and the other is not. Confusion is being captured by ambiguities – open to more than one interpretation; inexactness. It is a contradiction of uncertainties.

A soul is immaterial spirit, ie. the essence of consciousness – the life spark – the light of clarity.

But consciousness can be led to believe anything, and so it can be captured.
How can consciousness be captured?

By consent. We allow it because we allow our imagination to be captured, in the same way as when watching a film, computer, TV; we become hooked in the moment. This capturing of our attention has to be continuous as any gaps would allow space and light in, and we would awaken.

These distractions are ‘soul destroying’. They are confusing consciousness’s clear function. Of course, consciousness itself cannot be destroyed, but it can be continuously distracted. The evidence is all around us; people only talk about material things.

We are enslaved by believing what we are told, over and over again. We are addicted to ‘news’ noise’, while hoping for some new noise. The word ‘news‘ means information about recent events, in the sense of being a novelty, but there’s nothing new under the sun – it’s all just rearranged. We are captured by our senses and our imagination.

Capturing souls is easy; we capture and enslave ourselves. The evidence is all around us. As easy as it is to plug in, we can also pull the plug out! Meditation is pulling the plug. We are no longer seized by the noise of this vicious cycle of existence.

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Religion Is Watered-Down Spirituality
It is acting, instead of being.

Religion is the act of walking the path.
Spirituality is realising that there is no path.

This morning, my wife said, “I’m not sure if I’m Buddhist”, in the light of not following formula or rituals.

Buddhism was only created after Siddhartha Gautama was enlightened, 2,500 years ago. At the moment of enlightenment, the Buddha didn’t suddenly say, “Oh! I’m Buddhist!” He realised the pure nature of all beings, and the cause of suffering that obscures the realisation of that.

Religion is for those who are trying too hard. 😀
Spiritual realisation for those who stop trying. 🙂

THUS has it been said by the Buddha, the Enlightened One:
It is through not understanding, not realising four truths, that I,
as well as you, Disciples, had to wander so long through this round of

And what are these four truths? They are the Noble Truth
of Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering, the Noble
Truth of the Extinction of Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Path that
leads to the Extinction of Suffering.

I was not sure whether I had won that supreme Enlightenment which is
unsurpassed in all the world with its heavenly beings, evil spirit
and gods, amongst all the hosts of ascetics and priests, heavenly
beings and men, until I was clear about the absolutely true knowledge
and insight as regards these Four Noble Truths,

But as soon as the absolutely true knowledge and
insight as regards these Four Noble Truths had become perfectly
clear in me, there arose in me the assurance that I had won that
supreme Enlightenment unsurpassed.

And I discovered that profound truth, so difficult to perceive,
difficult to understand, tranquillising and sublime, which is not to be
gained by mere reasoning, and is visible only to the wise.

The world, however, is given to pleasure, delighted with pleasure,
enchanted with pleasure. Verily, such beings will hardly understand
the law of conditionality, the Dependent Origination of every thing;
incomprehensible to them will also be the end of all formations, the
forsaking of every substratum of rebirth, the fading away of
craving; detachment, extinction, Nirvana.

Yet there are beings whose eyes are only a little covered with dust:
they will understand the truth.”

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Finding What You Want

There are over 2000 articles on this blog.
If there is something you’re particularly interested in,
go to the bottom of this page
and type in a word in the search box.
It will give you a selection of choices.

When looking for what you truly want,
you will end up realising yourself.

If you still cannot find what you want,
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What Can I Trust?

We may experience doubts, cynicism and fears, and even forget names but, all the while, these occurrences are being experienced by consciousness. Experiences come and go, but consciousness is constant.

We may think that we know all the teachings, can explain everything and know all the names but, all the while, these occurrences are being experienced by consciousness. All experiences come and go, but consciousness is constant.

It does not matter how intelligent or unintelligent we think we are; we are all consciousness. Our life does not have to be perfect in order to know consciousness. That consciousness is a good heart which is simply joyful, empathetic and compassionate. It is our natural, true nature.

What can I trust?

Trust whomever asked the question. Life has become far too exciting, and expectations are much too high: we get carried away and become crazy.

Look, see, touch, hear, taste, smell, experience – and that’s all.
Consciousness knows.

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Non-Reaction Does Not Mean Indifference

We live in a toxic world of harmful chemicals and ideas:
a subversion of science and psychology.

Subversive chemicals harm our bodies and minds.
Subversive ideas divide us and harm our inner awareness.
Is this a coincidence, or is it deliberate?

Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’
describes servile, conveyor-belt people,
dulled through added chemicals and programming.

We suffer because we ignore.

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A fulfilling life is a matter of waking up to one’s tendencies, accepting them while not being driven by them.

Even though we know we are consciousness itself, we still have to acknowledge our habitual reactions until we no longer react and merely rest in pure perception.

We don’t have to be perfect.
We are already perfect.
There only seem to be ups and downs.


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Is Life A Rehearsal?

If we are not spiritual practitioners, then to say that life is not a rehearsal makes sense, as we are saying this is the only life, and we should make the most of it.

If we are spiritual practitioners, then to say that life is a rehearsal makes sense, as the meaning of the word ‘rehearsal’ means to practise, to get right.

For someone who’s not a spiritual practitioner, this is the only life, and we do our best to make it fulfilling.

For a spiritual practitioner, this is not the only life, and we do our best to make it fulfilling, because the next life may not be so conducive to practice.

It all depends on how much we value consciousness itself. We must be conscious of consciousness to even evaluate what life is really all about.

The question is, “Do we actually make life fulfilling, or do we just get by?”

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Wisdom Is Assimilation

Realising the truth doesn’t come from being told something; it comes from assimilation. Assimilation is the process of taking in and fully understanding information, turning it into knowledge (which is knowing it) and wisdom (which is being it). This is the process of becoming similar to, or the same as, the whole of Buddha nature.

Assimilation can also mean becoming part of the whole, and never the whole itself. In the image of the all-seeing eye above the pyramid on the US dollar bill, you will notice that the capstone is not joined to the pyramid. The pyramid illustrates the levels in society, and the assimilation of mankind into the ‘Borg’ collective hive mind (courtesy of Start Trek :D), while being controlled by those who are behind the all-seeing eye.

Our job is to disentangle ourselves.

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Talking To Others Can Be Challenging…

…stressful, difficult, taxing, demanding, tough,
hard, heavy, pressured, testing, frustrating, fraught,
traumatic, arduous, gruelling, tiring, fatiguing,
exhausting, hellish…
“What world are they living in?!”

And therein lies the answer to “What world are they living in?” It’s their personal world, of course, and because of that, there aren’t many people we can actually talk to.

The further we are removed from our natural state, the more extreme we become.

Spiritually speaking, our natural state is pure consciousness.
Conventionally speaking, our natural state is the culture in which we were brought up (or the one we adopted).

So anyone who seems different from us could be accused of being an extremist, and then may be designated as ‘the enemy’, or even a ‘terrorist’. As we can see nowadays, a minority can claim that their view is normal, and can point the finger at the rest, blaming them and calling them extremists … the pot calling the kettle black 😉

Although this sounds as if it’s a political problem, it’s actually a spiritual problem. It is interesting that, in polite company, we are told not to talk about politics and religion as these cause arguments because we all hold different views on different levels.

This movement away from our natural, spiritual state indicates our level of spiritual development, and this is huge subject in itself. Here, Atisha simplifies it into three levels:

Atisha (980-1054 CE), as quoted in Gampopa’s (1079-1153 CE) Jewel Ornament of Liberation.

“Humans are known in three ways:
As inferior, mediocre and excellent.

“They, by any means whatsoever,
Who provide for the pleasures of Saṃsāra
For themselves alone,
Are called an inferior person.

“They who turn their backs to the pleasures of the world
And abstain from evil deeds,
Providing only for their own peace,
Are called a mediocre person.

“They who seriously want to dispel
All the misery of others because, n the stream of their own being,
They have understood the nature of misery,
Are an excellent person.”

‘Yana’ or level is determined by capacity and propensity of the “precious human body” wrought by merit, rather than by a specific teaching or lineage (it’s what we actually do, rather than what we think we know).

As Gampopa states:
“Therefore, because of the difficulty of its attainment, of the uneasiness of its breaking down, and of its great usefulness, we should think of the body as a boat and, by its means, escape from the ocean of Saṃsāra. As is written:

          “Standing in the boat of the human body,
You should cross the great flood of misery.
Since later this boat is difficult to attain,
Do not sleep now, you fool.”
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The Phantom Self
and a tender heart

A ‘phantom’ is a figment of the imagination, an illusion in reality. We have an imaginary friend called my self; it entertains us and we take it seriously as it’s with us all the time. Unfortunately, being occupied by this phantom, we constantly forget that it’s not real. There is, however, observation taking place that is not part of this illusion. That observation is consciousness, observing without an observer.

This phantom self is a composition of components that can be rearranged, and can therefore be manipulated by outer forces in order to entertain and distract us.

Having a tender heart – compassion – for this mischievous friend, our phantom self, needs realisation of the higher teachings. We have to understand how this self was created, and how it is maintained. And then we can address others’ mischievous friends! 😀

It’s all very well to say that we must have compassion and a tender heart for everyone, but that’s not so easy, is it? Genuine realisation is the key, and so we first start with our self.

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What Is Authentic, Genuine, Verifiable Practice?

It’s not meditation, chanting mantras, saying prayers, waving vajras and bells, doing prostrations, listening to teachings, holding retreats, shaving your head: neither is it in flags, Buddha statues, tanka paintings, shrines, beads, cords, robes, brocade, thrones, monasteries, exotic terminologies…

It’s what’s going on in our heads right now that matters; all those doubts, fears and yearnings.

Formulaic practices are just a reminder of what actually matters. There is a danger of being so addicted to rituals that we, in fact, become lazy when dealing, on a very ordinary level, with our mind. Actually, it is not ‘an ordinary level’ at all: right now, it is the quiescence – the heart of the matter itself – of being still in the moment now and facing our obstacles.

It is the sudden shock of facing those doubts, fears and yearnings. This is a personal matter, verifiable and, yes, painful.

There can be a problem with adhering rigidly to the religious approach – the lower vehicles of strict discipline. If we are a sleepy type of person, and a little lazy, then we may need to engage in the paraphernalia, but there comes a time when sticking to the paraphernalia actually makes us lazy (again) because we are not facing the conditions in our own mind now. We need to remember constantly that we are consciousness, which is mind essence that is aware of the obstacles being created.

We are not these obstacles. We are the consciousness that is aware of these obstacles. These obstacles are ideas that we have acquired by consent, and which are traumatising us.

Most practitioners are experts in the above paraphernalia, but they cannot listen to another’s problems because not only have they been traumatised themselves, but their addiction to the lucky charms of the paraphernalia also traumatises them. All they want to hear is a reinforcement of their addiction to religious ideals. They are, in fact, still asleep in Dharma talk.

Authentic, genuine, verifiable practice is acknowledging one’s own doubts, fears and yearnings, and so being able to empathise, and have genuine, selfless compassion.

A practice is method.
To practise is to carry out.
It’s important to know the difference.

This inspiring video is about being creative, but if you transpose the word ‘creative’ for ‘practice’, and ‘artist’ for ‘practitioner’, it may be enlightening! 😀

Get over the fear of starting!

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In And Out Of Now

Now is always present,
whether we notice it or not

Tulku Urgyen’s phrase describes the moment now as “spontaneous presence”. but what is spontaneous presence in actuality? We can say words such as Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Rigpa, Shunyata, Dharmakaya, Zen, Advaita, Dao, Supreme being, but it all comes down to the words you use (in your own language) for pure consciousness or pure awareness or pure perception. Ultimately, in spontaneous presence, there are no words; it is natural being before language.

We have to know when we are in the moment now, and when we are not. It’s easier said than done. Being aware or conscious is only part of nowness. It’s easy to think “I am aware. I’m in the moment” but that in itself suggests that a period of time has elapsed in order to even say that, and so we are dwelling in the past.

Our senses are non-conceptual: they just perceive without naming, evaluating or modifying whatever is perceived. In the moment of seeing something, thoughts are not involved. Comments about seeing – or what is seen – come later. In the first instant, there is just perception – pure perception. This is none other than consciousness – pure consciousness. That is the moment now.

We switch on and off, so there are glimpses of nowness but these are too fleeting to notice. It is in meditation, where we do nothing but rest in nowness, that we strengthen this familiarity with nowness. Then we can recognise it in daily life.

We are looking at a screen and translating the words to our own experience. Now stop. Just be aware of seeing and don’t focus; just be aware. We are still taking everything in, while not fixating on anything. Everything is just out of focus, and we are in an expanded view. We can hear, smell, taste, feel, see and be aware, and we notice that awareness is brightening up because we are undistracted.

In all activities, there are natural pauses or gaps. That is now. It’s taking a break. It’s meditation. Gradually, the gaps join up and we can play with perceptions without holding on. This is like a conveyor belt of experiences, coming and going: if we grab at anything ,we reify it, and the present moment, although still present, ‘goes dark’. It’s easily done – and it’s just as easy to remember because we can now recognise the dark cloud.

We should be wary of allowing perception to get its hooks into us and play with our minds, fuelling our misunderstanding of reality.

We are natural knowingness,
lost in what we think we are supposed to know.

The way out of this is not to doubt knowingness itself
– which is the moment now.

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Disturbing The Peace…
and the intellect

We have been given the image of St. George (the good) who fights against a dragon (the evil). This presupposes that there is a dragon to fight: who – or what – is this evil?

We all face the very same evil, and that is anything that disturbs our inner peace. The understanding of the cause of our troubles has many levels, because the more refined we become in acknowledging consciousness, the more we notice a ‘disturbance in the force’!  These disturbances are merely mental concepts and obstacles, and are therefore illusory.

Of course, if a dragon is about to spew fire at you, you remove yourself from the situation … but who poked the dragon in the first place? 😀


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Why ‘The Moment Now’ Is So Important

The guru is not the teacher.
The moment now is the teacher.

The guru can only tell us about the moment now.
The moment now is consciousness.

If we are not in the moment now, we are dwelling in and controlled by both past thoughts and expectations of the future.

The moment now is our genuine teacher. The moment now is the product of all our past actions; all arisings are due to past associations. This product is called karma – the result of cause and effect – and it is this karma that has to be neutralised. We can still act upon memories, but karma is no longer our controlling force. The more karma is reduced, the more space we have, and the more we are liberated from the effects of the past. Consciousness is the moment now!

The demonic world around us wants us to react, filling up space with fear, desire, pride and jealousy. Its whole purpose it to get us to ignore, and so forget, our true nature of pure consciousness. When we react, we are no longer in the moment now. We are imprisoned, and consciousness in the moment now is the key to liberation. Consciousness is space; space sees clearly. It is only in the moment now that we experience and realise joy.

Don’t hang onto the teacher,
or the teacher’s moment now.

We are the moment now.
Goodness knows why we give away the moment now!

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The All-Seeing Eye

 Is the all-seeing eye a symbol of God?
Is the all-seeing eye a symbol of a sinister, dominating power?
Is the all-seeing eye a symbol of pure consciousness?

Without consciousness, nothing is seen.
With consciousness, everything is seen.

Knowing is by virtue of consciousness.
We are consciousness.

Ergo, we are the all-seeing eye!
They don’t tell you that, do they?

Who sees wins.

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I Finally Forgive Myself

I recognised that, as long as I stayed in a spiritual centre, there would be a sense of guilt and dissatisfaction: this was because of being surrounded by ‘jobsworths’.

Jobsworth: A person in authority (esp. a minor official) who insists on adhering to rules and regulations or bureaucratic procedures even at the expense of common sense.

I’ve done, said and thought some daft things in the past, imitating elements in our culture (or adopted culture) that pass on this daft behaviour from one individual to another. So, I’m not alone in doing, saying and thinking daft things. Have you ever met anyone who hasn’t? We are loaded down with ‘rules’ that become ‘laws’ that become our life, and we end up paying with our life.

The recognition of absurdity is the experience that leads to realisation.

It’s all very well talking about living ‘in the moment now’, but doing so is difficult because we drag around a whole load of daft assumptions – and I’m including so-called spiritual assumptions.

We grow up and adopt the ideas around us as if they’re normal, but when we question those very assumptions, we become an outsider.

I forgive myself for being a fool
and for being fooled.

I forgive the fools
who are trying to fool me
as they haven’t yet recognised the absurdity
that leads to realisation.

When I was young, I didn’t know what to think, so I followed the crowd. That just lead to daftness. All the while, I knew that I knew something, but didn’t know what that knowing was.

Forgiveness is good for the heart; it’s an end to anger and resentment.

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Why Go Gently

Go gently.
Speak gently.
Think gently.

This is dynamic equilibrium

Thoughts create emotions.
Emotions release chemicals.
Chemicals affect the body.

This is dynamic metamorphism:
a produced by mechanical forces.

Who controls, wins.


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Live Performance or Rehearsed Performance?

A live act is conscious, feeling the situation: there is a knowingness beyond knowing what might happen, having the courage to listen to a situation that is telling us something new. That is the scary art of living in the now, without clinging to preconceived ideas. That is the origin of creativity. A live performance is always a fresh performance – and it’s enlightening.

A rehearsed act is the mechanical dogma of acquired programming: it is not alive but rather, safe, cosy, repetitive and isolating – and lacks the ability to communicate.

We always have a choice.

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You And I Are Not Human

If we take transmigration as a reality where, at death, consciousness leaves the body to travel on with its karmic guide, then it stands to reason that we are not human :D. In this infinite universe, we only inhabit a body for a short while, taking on innumerable incarnations until we realise our true nature and give up the chase.

To consider this might be bit of a shock, but as we get older, we have to prepare to move on. All existences are but a short illusion, having no permanent reality, save consciousness itself. In life, we need constant reminders of our inner light of consciousness – our reality.

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Prayer For Rebirth In The Pure Land

“May I take rebirth in the pure land.” It doesn’t matter whether we fully understand these words, it is the inner sentiment that matters.

We call on the Buddha Amitābha, Lord of the Pure Land, again and again. Buddha Amitābha said: “If you wish to come and be born in my realm, you must always call me to mind again and again; you must always keep this thought in mind without letting up, and thus you will succeed in coming to be born in my realm.”

It is important to apply our knowledge internally. The Buddha attained enlightenment in this way. The pure lands are internal; the mental afflictions are internal. The crucial factor is recognising the nature of our mental afflictions, as it is only through this recognition that we can attain Buddhahood.

I’m sure the same works for calling on God in the pure realm (heaven).

E MA HO How Wonderful!


Splendid Buddha of Boundless Light


with the Lord of Compassion to the right,


and the Bodhisattva of Great Power to the left,


surrounded by innumerable Buddhas and Bodhisattvas!


The marvellous joys and pleasures


are immeasurable in that pure land called Bliss.


Right after this life ends,


without any other intervening birth,


may I be born there and see the face of the Buddha of Boundless Light.


May all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the ten directions grant their blessings to accomplish this without hindrance.




















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Self-Knowing Awareness

We are automatically (without conscious thought or attention) spontaneous awareness/ consciousness. Nothing creates this: it works by itself without human control. A human is merely consciousness that became confused and attached itself to certain ideas which, driven by karma, adopted a form.

This might be something we don’t want to hear, because we may mistakenly think that karma is a punishment. It is not: karma is the programming we have acquired that has to be deleted in order to release consciousness from this physical and mental confusion.

Some of us are having a good time, and others, not so good: we all have good and bad times, more or less. Remember – no-thing lasts! We may say, “I like being human – it’s fun,” and of course, it does have its attractions. Whether our life is pleasant or unpleasant, our acknowledgement of whatever we experience within consciousness has the potential to release us and, thereby, we attain liberation or enlightenment. That acknowledgement is self-knowing awareness, which we could call conscience.

If we were to improve just 1% in every lifetime, it will only take 100 lifetimes to become enlightened 😀 This lifetime – good or bad – may actually be our last incarnation!

Resting in self-knowing, spontaneous awareness is having the ability to fall silent and listen. Emptiness pays attention to situations and the idea of ‘self’ drops out of the picture. We are no longer imposing on the situation; it tells us what to do.

Self-knowing awareness is beyond being human. We can, however, use this human existence to realise our true nature. Communicating with another – if we are paying attention to the other – is an invaluable experience to realise self-knowing awareness.

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No Empathy; Know Apathy

Without empathy there can be neither compassion nor love,
and so we remain in apathy.

When we talk about spirituality, we want to be inspired and uplifted and think only good things, but we have to be aware of perpetuating this one-sided view. Our enemy is, in fact, our greatest spiritual friend as it shows us our reactions, whereas our so-called friends just want to maintain the status quo.

Being aware of the negatives and identifying their causes brings about the cessation of fear and suffering; the outcome is therefore always positive. This is our path after all, and our path is our own confusion about what we actually are – consciousness itself.

If we only want to hear nice things, we’ll end up in sentimentality, where we’re of no use to ourselves, or to anyone else. Worst of all, we become unreliable.

Love is challenging: we need to be courageous and complete practitioners. As spiritual seekers of truth, every experience helps us empathise with the suffering of others. Without this, it is all just empty theory. We remain helpless, and when it comes to dealing with problematic people, we shrink away.

During spiritual retreats, we are given answers, and we then go from one set of teachings to another to get these answers validated – but they are irrelevant if we do not first have genuine questions. We sound impressive and come over as serious students, and it pleases the teacher to think he or she has intelligent followers. This, in turn, puts pressure on other students to avoid asking the awkward questions, and the lid is kept firmly on the can of worms.

In all religions – and especially Tibetan Buddhism – the teacher is seen as the centre of one’s life; one must follow everything the teacher says. This creates a dilemma when considering the Buddha’s statement, “Do not take my word for it, but test the teachings for yourself.”

Without empathy there can be neither compassion nor love, and so we remain in apathy.

Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference, having the ability to exchange self for other. It is caring for others more than oneself.

Apathy is a state of indifference. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest and so does not question. They feel that they do not possess the level of skill required to confront a challenge and thus remain helpless.

This bring us on to the subject of group identity and group think which, unfortunately, can create elitism and aversion. If a challenging person comes along – someone who does not adhere to ‘group think’ – the group closes ranks because it lacks the ability to empathise.

Our greatest teacher is the moment now
because it presents us with our karmic load.
There is much to be aware of!

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We Have To Admit To Being Fools …
before we can be masters

Thinking we are already masters,
we merely dress up our reality.
It’s what humans do; we maintain appearances.

From a spiritual point of view,
this is foolish – but understandable – as we have all been fooled.
Our path is liberating our attachment.

Spiritual practice is release from playing
the serious fool, the clever fool, the charismatic fool.
Liberation is the relief of stepping out of the limelight.

Dropping the fool, we become the jester:
one who walks on the edge,
knowing that the last laugh is reserved for death.

Being amused by the illusion,
we can no longer be fooled,
as the illusion liberates.





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Bookings for Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s 2018 Easter retreat in the UK now OPEN.

The theme  ‘Dreamlike Enlightenment’ – Understanding Illusion from a Dzogchen Perspective’. It will run from March 23-29.


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There’s Nothing More To Say…
about our ultimate nature, consciousness.
To say more would suggest that there is more; there’s isn’t!

We merely test what we hear and read, seeing if it stands to reason, and then relax in confidence. It’s easy to say, “Just relax”, but that is exactly it. Relaxing in confidence is the practice. We relax into consciousness, ultimately realising that we are that consciousness.

There is, however, much to say about being unconscious 😀 . When consciousness becomes dressed up, it turns into a religion, a philosophy, a business, a hobby. We then lose consciousness into ‘self-consciousness’, which is the very thing we are trying to transcend.

If consciousness is maintained, then religion, philosophy, business, hobbies – or any thought occurrences – are seen as mere reflections in consciousness.

Living in a daydream is losing consciousness.
Being conscious is being aware that we are living in a daydream.

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Is Death Terminal?

Well, life is terminal.

Death going to happen, because it’s normal! It isn’t ‘normal’ to go consciously through the whole process.

There are many teachings about what might happen to us after the death of the body, but we won’t really know until that moment arrives. Perhaps ‘life’ ends, or perhaps it doesn’t: whatever view we hold about death will influence how we live now.

If death is the end, then we will believe that there are no final consequences to our actions: we have no further story.

If, however, we believe that there is life after death, then everything we do, say and think will have consequences, and the story goes on.

Living life as if there are consequences might give us a moral compass.

Something to consider …

We are each born with particular tendencies; we have certain talents, leanings, interests that we cannot explain. Some things feel natural to us, and we don’t have to try too hard. We may experience a sense of deja vu, a impression of having already lived through a situation. Some might find it easy to love, while some find it’s easy to kill. If there is reincarnation, then our rebirths are infinite, and we have a karmic connection with everyone! 😀 Until enlightenment, when karma has been totally exhausted, we will just continue to transmigrate.

Is death merely the process of chemicals breaking down, along with vague memories of associations, or is there something more happening?

The Greeks had a word for it – metempsychosis: the transmigration of the soul of a human being or animal at death into a new body of the same (or different) species. Many traditions have this concept.

We are free to choose what we believe, one way or the another. Either way, for a satisfactory life and death, it is the quality of consciousness that matters. If there is an after-death experience, then, when consciousness is released from the body, it is no longer restricted by the confines of that body. The Tibetan Book of the Dead states that consciousness is nine times greater out of the body than in it. For a conscious practitioner, it is said that they are able to choose where they go next, but non-practitioners are merely driven by karma.

If we are a spiritual practitioner, then our wish is to go where we can progress towards enlightenment. Alternatively, we may choose to return to the present situation to be of benefit to others: that is the way of a Bodhisattva.

Whatever is in our hearts right now is the blueprint for our future. All we need is to rest in consciousness with an open heart of good intentions for all, and to die in love because we know the true heart of all beings is the very same as ours – but we also know the difficulty in manifesting that love.

It is the difference between knowing our true nature and what we are doing, and not knowing our true nature or what we are doing. It is said that, at death, we will notice the senses dissolving: at that moment, we will know it is time, and it’s quite natural.

The nearest we can get to experiencing death is falling asleep, when the senses dissolve and – unfortunately – most of us fall unconscious. This is the moment of dream yoga for practitioners, where we may stay conscious and at rest. The practice is the wish to stay lucid in dreams.

Death is like exchanging an old, worn out coat for a new one :-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIKZVJeQ2IU

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The Conclusion Is Garab Dorje’s Three Words

Have Confidence.”

the direct introduction to consciousness itself.

decide that there is nothing else.

Have confidence:
in liberating whatever arises within consciousness.

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The Final Conclusion

We are consciousness itself. We know this truth inherently, but due to the obscuring indoctrination we’ve experienced in life, we are unable to express it, and so we cling to a partial view: the resulting diversity divides us. The grand, misleading formula that god is something separate from each of us has led to much harm in the world.

That which has been designated as god for thousands of years is actually consciousness. It’s what we are. The divine presence.

We are divided for no good reason at all. Being undivided, the world would be at perfect peace, and we would be free to chose and work our path to enlightenment without competitiveness, and with mutual support free from indoctrination.

The clarity of consciousness brings spiritual insights which take us deeper and deeper into our true nature, which is the source of insight. We are free to call that ‘god’ ‘pure open awareness’, ‘zen’, ‘rigpa’, ‘tao’ …. Clear seeing is a matter of being receptive and open-minded. Oneness is spontaneous presence of compassion; to suffer with, having a sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. Isn’t that inherent in all of us?

Theist and atheist, gnostic and agnostic – these are extreme concepts: they separated us and thus, we are at one only in ignorance and confusion. The opposite is that which enlightens our spiritual path, without boundaries.

Theists believe in god the creator. Buddhists don’t believe in god the creator. These are both limited views – and I’m speaking as a Buddhist! The more we separate, the more demonic we become.

The more we are at one, the more divine we become in profound consciousness.

We are all consciousness. We each have a body and a thinking mind. The problem arises when the mind is conditioned by diverse ideas which obscure the clarity and insight of spontaneous, inspirational presence, manifesting as divine altruistic compassion for all.

If we are rooted in the concept of my consciousness or my god, then we are the creator and ruler of our universe, and the source of all moral authority.

Pure consciousness is the principle of transcendent knowledge before the creator and ruler of the universe and precedes the source of moral authority.

We can chose to live in a universe of conditional love, which is one of partiality governed by desire and fear, or in a universe of unconditional love, which is one of impartiality and enlightened activity, passing on the light.

If you say it’s god, I’ll agree.
If you say it’s universal love, I’ll agree.
If you say it’s rigpa, I’ll agree.

There are no differences, just paths.

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